The Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc. (AAIHB) STD/HIV/AIDS prevention & education program was established in 1989 with funding from the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service AIDS Program & the New Mexico State HIV/AIDS Prevention Bureau.
The intent of the program is to provide education, training services & technical assistance to the seven tribal communities that AAIHB provides direct services which include Alamo Navajo Chapter, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Ramah Navajo Chapter, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, To’Hajiilee Navajo Chapter & Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to as well as other tribal communities in New Mexico, Indian Health Services, & other local agencies.
The education concept advocates community participation in the identification of health problems & solutions to address the impact of HIV infection may have in the individual communities. The process includes (1) community needs assessment to determine the specific needs of the community, (2) data collection, (3) program planning, (4) identification of resources & (5) implementation & evaluation.
The training services are aimed to be developed at the request of the individual community based on their health needs. Such services may include materials, development, presentation, preparation, utilization of data and activity recommendations.
The technical assistance provided consists of collaboration, sharing of resources and providing recommendations to various agencies based on knowledge gained from community participants.
The purpose of the testing services is to meet community needs for the enhancement of HIV/AIDS testing activities and the provision of HIV/AIDS-related services among AI/AN people. Such programs are necessary to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS and improve quality of life for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The main goals are to: increase the number of AI/AN with awareness of his/her HIV status; and, improve engagement and retention in care among PLWHA. The testing services seek to increase access to HIV related services, reduce stigma, make HIV testing routine, and improve engagement in care and emphasis is placed on increasing routine HIV screening for adults as per 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, provide pre- and post-test counseling (when indicated), and developing or deploying strategies for engaging PLWHA in appropriate, culturally responsive HIV-related care.
STD/HIV/AIDS Program Staff
Ayn N. Whyte, M.S.
Savannah Gene, B.A.
Program Administrative Assistant